Posts Tagged ‘confidence’

Hurricanes Weigh on Consumer Confidence

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

Americans became less confident in the economy after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma swept across Florida and South Texas, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University of Michigan.  The Index of Consumer Sentiment decreased to 95.3 in the first part of September. This is down 1.5% from 96.8 in August, but still up 4.5% from 91.2 in September last year. “Consumer confidence edged downward in early September due to concerns over the outlook for the national economy,” said Survey of Consumers Chief Economist Richard Curtin.  “Consumers’ assessments of current economic conditions improved, however, with the Current Conditions…

Equipment Finance Confidence Up in August

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Laura Lam

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation recently released the August 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI).  Overall, confidence in the $1 trillion equipment finance market is 64.4 in August, up from 63.5 the previous two months. When asked about the outlook for the future, Thomas Jaschik, President of BB&T Equipment Finance, said, “The political dysfunction in Washington continues to stifle the U.S. economy. Despite this lack of leadership the equipment finance industry has experienced solid growth in 2017. However, with some action on tax and regulatory reform the economy and equipment finance industry could greatly accelerate.”…

Consumer Confidence Rises to Highest Level Since January

Posted on August 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

Consumers became more confident during the first half of August than at any point since January, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University of Michigan.  The Index of Consumer Sentiment jumped 4.5% from last month’s 93.4 to 97.6 at the beginning of August. This is also up 8.7% from 89.8 in August 2016. “Consumer confidence rose in the first half of August to its highest level since January due to a more positive outlook for the overall economy as well as more favorable personal financial prospects,” Survey of Consumers Chief Economist Richard Curtin said. “The two component indices moved in…

Young Women Have Better Credit Scores Than Men

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Laura Lam

A recent Lending Tree survey found points of major disparity in the responses from men and women regarding debt and personal financial health.  The survey’s findings suggest that millennial women are trailing their male counterparts when it comes to income, home ownership and financial satisfaction despite having higher credit scores and responsible financial priorities. According to the survey, women find themselves struggling to pay off higher levels of debt compared to men, much of which comes from student loans. The average total debt for millennial men is $53,017, which is almost 30% lower than the average total debt for millennial…

Small-Business Optimism Highest in 10 Years

Posted on August 08, 2017 by Laura Lam

Small business owners are more optimistic than they have been in a decade, according to a new Wells Fargo and Gallup small business survey.  The survey resulted in a Small Business Index score jump to 106, an 11-point increase from April, which was driven by stronger financial situations, healthy revenues, easier access to credit and an increase in hiring.  The last index score is the highest since April 2007 when it was 113. “Our latest survey tells us that small business owners continue to feel confident about their current situation and are optimistic about the future,” said Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist…

Consumers Grow Pessimistic About Future

Posted on August 07, 2017 by Laura Lam

Consumers grew slightly less optimistic in their future this July, however confidence levels remain historically high, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University of Michigan.  Consumer confidence remained largely unchanged for the month, the survey of consumers  revealed.  But this means Americans appear the most optimistic about the current economic situation in U.S. than they have in 12 years. July consumer sentiment ended up at 93.4, the group said. Meantime, economists expected the July measure of consumer attitudes to fall slightly more, to 93.1, according to a survey from Thomson Reuters.  U.S. consumer sentiment last fell to…

Housing Confidence Dips in March

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Laura Lam

Americans came down off their confidence high in March as fewer say now is a good time to buy a home, according to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index.  The index decreased 3.8 percentage points to 84.5 in March, down from February’s survey high. “Home purchase sentiment gave back some of the gains accumulated over the prior two months that sent the index to its survey high in February,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae senior vice president and chief economist. “Strong home price appreciation has turned into a double-edged sword for the housing market as it boosted the net share…

Multi-Family Lending Led 2016 Commercial Market

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Laura Lam

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were big players in the multi-family sector of the commercial real estate market last year.  According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), 2016 was the third highest on record for commercial real estate originations, and the largest share of those originations were for multifamily properties. Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s Vice President for Commercial Real Estate Research, said that commercial and multifamily bankers closed $490.6 billion in loans in 2016, making the year the third largest on record.  Multi-family originations were responsible for $214.1 billion, of the total, followed by office buildings, retail properties, hotel/motel, industrial and health…

Homebuilder Confidence Slips in April

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Laura Lam

Confidence among homebuilders cooled in April after jumping a month earlier to the highest level since mid-2005, according to data from the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.  Builder sentiment eased to 68 in April from a reading of 71 in March that was the strongest since June 2005. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey was for 70; readings greater than 50 indicate more respondents reported good market conditions. The measure of the 6-month sales outlook fell to 75 after a reading of 78 that matched the highest since 2005. The index of current sales cooled to 74 this…

Consumer Optimism Surges in March

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Laura Lam

Consumers continued growing more optimistic in March, however much of the increasing sentiment is due to changed evaluative criteria, according to the Survey of Consumers conducted by the University of Michigan.  The Index of Consumer Sentiment came in at 96.9 in March, an increase of 0.6% from February’s 96.3 and 6.5% from 91 in March 2016, according to the survey. This is slightly lower than the beginning of the month, when the index increased to 97.6. “The continued strength in consumer sentiment has been due to optimistic views on three critical components: higher incomes and wealth, more favorable job prospects, and low inflation…